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Moved up from SX10 to T3i - tempted by the "L"

 
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Apr 21, 2011 11:55 |  #1

I received my new T3i and EF 100mm macro yesterday, and plan on taking it out this afternoon to play with the combo in the sunshine. I was excited to see that nearly all of my SX10 equipment worked with this combo also (all filters, closeup lenses, and 430 EXII).

Now I'm looking at getting a short zoom and a long zoom lens. I'm looking at the 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (walkaround lens) and maybe a 100-300 or similar for birds and distant wildlife. Any comments or recommendations would be great. I mostly shoot nature photography (I don't shoot a whole lot of portraits).

Though the lower cost of the non-"L" lenses is appealing, I am willing to pay the extra money for an L if the justification is there. I've bought plenty of mediocre things in the past, only to be disappointed later and then ending up selling it for a loss and buying the higher-priced version after all!

So far I've been very happy with my purchase. This is my first SLR, and I had been holding out for a long time because I wanted to see a flip-out LCD and video capability, both of which the T3i offers.


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Apr 21, 2011 14:11 |  #2

24mm isn't very wide on a crop body at all, you may want to consider one of the 17-55 variants out there. Canon's is reputedly L quality in a non-L disguise, and priced accordingly.

If you want a good all purpose zoom, any of the 70-200 L models are terrific at a wide range of prices. That'll be too short for wildlife or birds, most likely.

The most useful long zoom for your purposes might be the 100-400L.




  
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Apr 21, 2011 14:33 as a reply to  @ svarley's post |  #3

15-85 ef-s is very good walkaround lens for your camera as long as you happy with camera itself.
Wide enough, sharp, good colors.
Distant wildlife - I can't get close to buch of Canadian geese here with 200x2tc which is 400mm. You going to need TC constantly with 100-300 range.


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Apr 21, 2011 14:48 |  #4

The 24-105 is a nice lens but I wouldn't find 24mm to be wide enough for walkabout use on a cropper. You might want to look at one of the 17-50 f2.8 zooms or the aforementioned 15-85. One of the various 70-300 offerings would be good for the long end. If you want to just get your feet wet in the lens game another, cheaper, option would be to get the 18-55 and 55-250 combo.




  
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Apr 21, 2011 15:13 |  #5

I was hoping for a walkaround lens that brought me to the 100mm level or even a little over. What about the EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM and EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6L IS USM combo?
If my short-zoom lens were much less than 100mm, I think I would find myself using the 70-300mm as a walkaround lens for its telephoto versatility!


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Apr 21, 2011 15:24 |  #6

2Shiny wrote in post #12267666 (external link)
I was hoping for a walkaround lens that brought me to the 100mm level or even a little over. What about the EF 28-135mm F/3.5-5.6 IS USM and EF 70-300mm F/4-5.6L IS USM combo?
If my short-zoom lens were much less than 100mm, I think I would find myself using the 70-300mm as a walkaround lens for its telephoto versatility!

I have the 28-135 that came with my 50D. Great little kit lens.

I recently bought the 24-105L and the 70-300L. I have not used the 24-105 as a "walkaround" lens, but will be in the coming weeks. For what I usually like to shoot, the 24-105 on a 1.6X crop is fine enough for me. If you need wider, I'd look at the Canon 10-22.

I could definitely see using the 70-300L as a walkaround. I was skeptical with it being a little on the heavy side, but once it was in my hand, I was pleasantly surprised how it felt. Threw it on my Black Rapid strap and I hardly felt it there.


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Apr 21, 2011 15:43 |  #7

Thanks for your input. I think the 24-105 or 28-135 would be adequate for most of my shooting as well. I can definitely see myself using the 70-300L as a walkaround, because I would have the ability to shoot wildlife quickly. The subject may otherwise be gone by the time I swapped out the short zoom for the 70-300.

If I got the 28-135 for a short zoom, I could probably get that one and the 70-300L in the next few weeks. I couldn't manage the 24-105L and 70-300L combo though.
If I bought the 28-135, would I regret it later and wish I'd gone with the 24-105L?


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Apr 21, 2011 23:01 |  #8

You might want to look at the 18-135 as well. If you didn't need the range, the 15-85 is a great lens.

I recently got my T3i and picked up all but the kit lens used. My bad back led me to the 55-250 which has been very nice. I might suggest you try that first for less then $200 used. They sell in a heartbeat, and then you can choose between the 70-200, 70-300, or other.


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Apr 21, 2011 23:19 |  #9

The 24-105L is a great lens but in all honesty with the price tag that comes along with "L" lens, you could buy a different couple lens to fill in the gap if you know what I mean. For example with the price I paid for my 24-105, I could have bought a Sigma 30mm 1.4 and the Tokina 11-16.

Does that make any sense? I hope it does, haha..




  
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